Red Cross honors "real heroes"


What do they have in common? They are among the real heroes honored by the Santa Clara Valley Red Cross.

Angela Marcelino owns her life to her 5-year-old Pit Bull mix Maya. Maya was honored by the Santa Clara Red Cross.

"And I turned my head and I that's when I saw, I caught a glimpse of the man pushing me, I fell on the floor and Maya ran from the other room and started attacking him. He was chocking him, I couldn't really scream, but I was able to tell Maya to get him," said Marcelino.

Maya is a four-legged hero who sprung into action when her owner was in trouble.

ABC7's Karina Rusk was the master of ceremonies at this year's Red Cross "Real Heroes Breakfast."

"This morning we will those and other powerful stories, and I hope you will be moved and inspired by each one," said Rusk.

Six people know people from Milpitas High were honored for their bravery and quick thinking when they rescued a student from the bottom of the school swimming pool.

"I just knew he was in trouble and since I could go there I tried it, and got him up," said Red Cross Everyday hero Perry Pham.

The freshman was resuscitated and is now back at school.

Everyone of these people and a the pup stopped what they were doing to perform a heroic act.

In Maya's case, she was just giving back to her owner who gave her, a second chance in life.

"I rescued Maya from the Humane Society five years ago and on June 17th she returned the favor," said Marcelino.

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